2017 FREE SPECIAL EVENTS

Please join us for these FREE Festival events!


Indigi Lab 360 Workshop Friday 24 Nov 10am + 11am (40 minutes each) | FREE ticketed session | UTS Data Arena

WINDA Film Festival and INDIGI LAB have collaborated to host a FREE VR/360 workshop for people who want to create cultural 360 videos like a professional and on a budget. Learn from some of Australia’s leading 360 producers behind projects like Change The Date 360 and WilderQuest 360 as they teach the fundamentals of 360 storytelling through an Indigenous lens. If you are a filmmaker, musican, environmentalist, start-up or just interested in all things 360 then come along to the workshop.

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Masterclass with Indigenous Documentarian Alanis Obomsawin
Saturday 25 Nov 10am – 12.30pm | FREE | UTS Building 11, Theatre Room, CB11.00.405

This masterclass will cover the 50 years of Indigenous cinema from one of the women that has been a trailblazer in creating works that speak to an Indigenous voice of resilience and culture. Alanis Obomsawin is one of the world’s leading documentarists and a living legend of Indigenous cinema. Her astounding body of work has left an indelible impact on the Canadian psyche, and she remains a leading force in film production in Canada and for many Indigenous filmmakers around the world. An activist filmmaker, Alanis has always been driven by a desire to give Indigenous peoples a voice. Her list of accomplishments is profound and include memberships in the Order of Canada and the Canadian Film & Television Hall of Fame. A tireless force, Alanis continues to develop and direct new projects. At 85 she is presenting at Winda her 50th film Our People Will be Healed and we will also play one of her most iconic films at the festival Kanehsatake:270 Years of Resistance. Please come join us for a masterclass to be remembered.

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Native Slam I + II | A temporary pop-up cinema will screen short films on the Sydney Opera House Forecourt as part of Homeground
Saturday 25 + Sunday 26 Nov 11am – 9pm | FREE | International Premieres

Ena Koe
New Zealand | 2017 | 6mins
Filmmakers: Lennie Hill (Ngā Puhi, Aotearoa), Manuarii Bonnefin
Synopsis: A heartfelt message from an older brother to his younger brother on the cusp of his teenage years.

Kia Tau
New Zealand | 2017 | 10mins
Filmmakers: Chris Malloy (Ngāti Manawa/Tūhoe), Michelle Latimer (Métis/Algonquin), Yamin Tun (Karen-Myanmar, New Zealand)
Synopsis: The spirit of the departed lingers long after death leading a young woman to strikes up an unusual friendship with a Māori man. Also screening as part of Shorts from the South

Ka Puta Ko Au
New Zealand | 2017 | 11mins
Filmmakers: Amie Batalibasi (Solomon Islander), Kelton Stepanowich (Sayisi Dene), Renae Maihi (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāpuhi)
Synopsis: A young woman has to risk her life travelling through enemy territory in order to save her people. Also screening as part of Shorts from the South

Uhiwai
New Zealand | 2017 | 10mins
Filmmakers: Erin Lau (Native Hawaiian), Jerome Schmitt (Ma’ohi), Ryan Alexander Lloyd
Synopsis: An intimate film following a man struggling to deal with grief, and find redemption.

Ara
New Zealand | 2017 | 7mins
Filmmakers: Kath Akuhata-Brown (East Coast Māori tribe of Ngati Porou), Echota Killsnight (of the northern Cheyenne-Cherokee people from Talhtequah Oklahoma), Sara Margarethe Oskal (Kautokeino, Norway)
Synopsis: Ara, is a visual poem with music and painting that seeks a pathway of discovery about the world and ourselves.

Ra’Satste
New Zealand | 2017 | 10mins
Filmmakers: Jeremiah Tauamiti (New Zealand), Mike Jonathan (Rotorua, New Zealand), Sonia Boileau (Québécois-Mohawk)
Synopsis: Ra’satste (which means “all of his being is strong” in Kanien’keha) is a film about the power that resides in three Indigenous cultures, coming together to bring new life to the world.

Sech’el
New Zealand | 2017 | 10mins
Filmmakers: Chelsea Winstanley (New Zealand), Cornel Ozies (Aboriginal man from the Kimberley region of Western Australia), Trevor Mack (Tsilhqot’in nation from the interior of British Columbia)
Synopsis: Two mates spend the last day together before one leaves town for good. Sech’el is a story of brotherhood, honesty, love and loss.

Skoha
New Zealand | 2017 | 10mins
Filmmakers: Rima Tamou (Bulgunwarra/ Ngati Ruahine, Australia), Tainui Stephens (Te Rarawa tribe from Ōtaki Beach, New Zealand), Zoe Hopkins (Heiltsuk/ Six Nations community, Ontario – British Columbia)
Synopsis: The story of Skoha is about the gift of active love. Arriving at the same birthday celebration one character receives a call and learns that his son has disappeared, where another is told her missing relation has been found.

Tawhaowhao
New Zealand | 2017 | 5mins
Filmmakers: Blackhorse Lowe (Albuquerque), Himiona Grace (of Ngati Toa, Ngati
Porou descent), Sunna Nousuniemi (Sapmi, Finland)
Synopsis: A man must face a harsh reality in his attempt to fix an estranged relationship between him and his 16 year old daughter.

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